Fromseier Rose | Contradiction

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by Fromseier Rose

Modern acoustic music for fiddle and piano, based in the Celtic tradition and spiced with hints of jazz and classical.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Popcorn Behavior
4:29 album only
2. Blue Bonnets Over the Border / Ditte's Friend
4:04 album only
3. Taimse Im Chodladh
5:10 album only
4. After Aughrim's Great Disaster
4:16 album only
5. March of the Meeatoiteen Bull / John MacNeal
5:03 album only
6. Cowboy's Jig / Rohan
2:49 album only
7. The Bittern / The Piper's Beast
4:24 album only
8. Crazy Man Michael
4:33 album only
9. The Butterfly / Waterman's
3:29 album only
10. Flax in Bloom / Stormy Weather
3:44 album only
11. A Surprise for Anne
3:25 album only
12. Blantyre Explosion
3:16 album only
13. Ja Va Lidijgn Hora / The Ghost's Welcome /Brendan McGlinchey's
5:54 album only


Album Notes
Fromseier Rose features the contrasting temperaments and styles of the Danish fiddler Ditte Fromseier Mortensen and the American pianist Michael G. Rose playing contemporary music based on the Celtic and Scandinavian traditions.

Starting from a shared passion for the music of Ireland, Fromseier Rose weave a unique and and exciting tapestry of sound which has won international acclaim.

Contradiction, their debut CD, features the internationally renowned Niamh Parsons as guest singer on three tracks.

"Featuring many original compositions with its cool Nordic ambience, it [isn't] your normal traditional CD. Ditte and Michael created an individual musical style with a strong basis in the Irish, Danish and American traditional music and with modern acoustic elements." John O'Regan - Irish Music Magazine

The editors of the German online magazine FolkWorld chose Contradiction as the number two European folk music release of 2003.
"Fiddle and piano can be a genius combination - this is definitely the case with the duo Fromseier Rose. Their music is light and relaxed, but at the same time full of passion and emotion....
....As a great lover of Niamh's singing I would say: alone for these three songs the album has to be in collections... Yet the 9 instrumental titles are as brilliant as the songs. A breathtaking album! " Christian Moll - FolkWorld

Chris Nickson writes in Penguin Eggs, Canada's Folk, Roots and World Music Magazine
"...there's a wonderful communication between the two instruments. Both Rose and Mortensen are superb and sensitive players, working off and complementing each other. And when they back Niamh Parsons (whose voice is a perfect foil for their skills on the three songs where she participates), they provide just enough to frame the song without intruding on the singer..."

Siobhán Long wrote in The Irish Times
"...New England pianist Michael G. Rose collides magnificently with Ditte Fromseier Mortensen, a Danish fiddler who draws on a lateral-thinking classical and traditional mix of influences, fired by a bold fiddle style, athletically bounding through their own original tunes (many classically defined and gloriously effete) as well as rejuvenating stalwart traditional mainstays such as Taímse Ím Chodlad ..."

And Tom Nelligan wrote in Dirty Linen
"Mortensen's pure-toned fiddling is sweet and resonant, especially on the slower pieces. Rose's accompaniment is delicate and spare, not the foot-pounding sort that's often heard backing up Celtic music, reminding me in places of Keith Jarrett's jazz improvisations."



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really lovely
Really lovely and beautifully intricate! I\'d been listening on internet radio, and when I listened to the CD, I realized that several of my favorites from the radio were right here.


Very fine !
I've heard "The piper's beast" on the radio, and decide to buy this CD. Finally, all the tunes here are great and interesting. A very good CD :-)

RBT from New York

a musical journey to green lush pastures, don't miss this CD.
"I have owned the hard copy of this CD for a few months now, and have been listening happily ever since. All the tracks are beautiful...and for my family, the tracks on this CD titled.. "A surprise for anne", "popcorn behavior", "cowboy's jig", and "flax in bloom" are loved by my 6 and 13 year old children. (and I concur!) Especially the "cowboy jig" and "flax in bloom" ...these have a country-day-on-the-farm sort of feel, that I'm guessing appeal to my sons on a "charlottes' web" level. In a day and age of video games,this is refreshing! Images are conjured up of friendly animals, lush green pastural scenes, fresh air, freedom. This is captured so seemingly easily, and beautifully, in this music. My 6 year old son will actually ask me to replay certain he is lost in some imagination. What a thrill that Michael Rose's and Ditte Fromseier Mortensen's gorgeous artistic phrases, twists and turns are appealing to my little ones! "Contradiction" get's that enthusiastic..."Play it again mommy!" Also, as a piano instructor...I think the pieces would lend themselves to solo piano very well. If these talents ever get something like that published...I'd like to purchase it. Thank you again for some wonderful listening!


I have wanted to buy this CD for a long time. Every track is a gem!


Beautiful profound music...
The first song I listened to was "A Surprise for Anne." It was so beautiful and enchanting that I don't even know where to touch the depths of its meaning. A lot of emotion is in the music.


I heard a few of the pieces on internet radio and just had to get the CD. The two musicians are perfectly matched. Their music is profoundly beautiful. I highly recommend this album to anyone who appreciates celtic or classical music.

david e

Put this one on your to-get list!
This duo is utterly fantastic. You rarely find good piano playing in Celtic, and Rose has to be the best. Fromseier does not play with a stunning virtuosity, but she does not need to. The style of this cd is quieter than, say, Lunasa or bohola, you will enjoy it for the moods they create.


Sweet and safe? No - there is hidden danger here.
The styles and spacing of the piano and fiddle are pleasantly balanced, consistent, and plain enjoyable, from beginning to end. Melody is beautifully served, but both musicians know how to grab you with some of the grit from ancient rhythms that makes celtic music so exciting. I like the way the CD sounds safe on the surface, but there is always a hidden danger underneath.


Taisme Im Chodladh is worth the price of the CD! The Bittern is a deftly played duet that paints colors of snow-swept fields of corn stubble, or a leaf meandering down a summer stream. Pick your mood! Nothing heavy handed with these musicians. A rare and subtle treat.

Debs -

A beautiful duo album
‘Contradiction’ is a lovely recording of traditional and modern tunes both from and inspired by the Celtic/Scandinavian/folk/jazz traditions. It’s an album that genuinely invites the listener to ‘focus’, and the musical empathy between Michael Rose and Ditte Fromseier Mortensen is remarkable. I find my attention equally divided between the emotive expressiveness of the fiddle, and the sheer grace and poise of the piano – it’s a gorgeous combination. ‘Popcorn’ Behavior’ is beautifully jazzy in structure, whilst the duo works real magic on exquisite traditional Gaelic song ‘Taimse im Chodladh’. Michael Rose’s original tunes are beautiful – ‘The Piper’s Beast’ being a perfect example – not only is this a beautifully intricate and lyrical tune, but there’s also such a sense of playfulness at work! It was a delight too to hear the two lovely vocal contributions by Niamh Parsons. There’s a vibrant cover of Michael McGoldrick’s wonderful tune ‘Waterman’s’ – Fromseier Rose’s interpretation is expansive and brims with vibrant detail. It does full justice to the original – this is one of the album highlights for me, though there are many. There’s a wealth of listening pleasure here – a beautiful album.
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